Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 23, 2014

‘Major’ meth supplier gets 12 years

TAHLEQUAH — Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that a man accused of being a “major supplier” of methamphetamine to Cherokee County has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

Ralph Eugene Johnson, 57, of Bunch, was ordered to spend 151 months in a federal prison, and was also slapped with a money judgment of more than $395,000, for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

Johnson was indicted last year and accused of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana, with the intent to distribute both.

In Cherokee County District Court, prosecutors charged Johnson with trafficking in illegal drugs after a previous felony conviction, and four counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance after a previous felony conviction.

Investigators arrested Johnson in July 2013 in the Peggs area after a lengthy investigation. They say Johnson was found with meth, as well as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and marijuana, plus more than $15,700.

Authorities seized a 1981 Harley Davidson, two four-wheelers, a 1989 travel trailer, a 1997 Dodge truck, and the cash.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the federal charges last year. He will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until he is transported to a federal facility. Johnson will not be eligible for parole.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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